Grand event to hon­our late king

Bangkok Post - - FRONT PAGE - WASSANA NANUAM

The armed forces plan to ar­range a grand event to com­mem­o­rate the pass­ing of His Majesty King Bhu­mi­bol Adulyadej The Great on Oct 13.

As­sis­tant spokesman of the De­fence Min­istry Col Wan­chana Sawas­dee yes­ter­day an­nounced the re­sults of a De­fence Coun­cil meet­ing chaired by Prime Min­is­ter Prayut Chan-o-cha.

He said the premier em­pha­sised two is­sues at the meet­ing: the monar­chy, and the mis­sion of the armed forces.

On the monar­chy, the PM said the govern­ment was pre­par­ing to or­gan­ise an event to com­mem­o­rate the pass­ing of King Rama IX on Oct 13.

He in­structed the armed forces to also sup­port ac­tiv­i­ties or­gan­ised by other units in pro­mot­ing His Majesty the King’s work which ben­e­fits the coun­try and re­flects the long-stand­ing bonds be­tween the monar­chy and the peo­ple.

The PM also urged govern­ment agen­cies to pro­mote HM the King’s royal projects, par­tic­u­larly the ap­plied New The­ory Agri­cul­ture based on agri­cul­tural con­cepts ini­ti­ated by King Rama IX.

The premier called on the armed forces to fo­cus on peace­keep­ing, cy­ber se­cu­rity and as­sis­tance for peo­ple, es­pe­cially those af­fected by Trop­i­cal Storm Noul.

The PM also asked the armed forces to sup­port the govern­ment’s Covid-19 re­sponse and help to pre­vent il­le­gal bor­der cross­ings that could put the coun­try at risk of a sec­ond wave of the virus.

On na­tional rec­on­cil­i­a­tion, the PM asked the armed forces to work to­gether to forge unity in the coun­try by ad­vo­cat­ing free­dom of ex­pres­sion by peo­ple who re­spect each other’s dif­fer­ences.

A 205-rai train­ing cen­tre will be es­tab­lished in­side the 11th In­fantry Reg­i­ment head­quar­ters.

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